COLLEGEVILLE PA – A $204,500 grant has been awarded to The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art (at top), on the Ursinus College campus in Collegeville, to support an exhibition featuring “a Mexican photographer who has been under-recognized in the U.S.,” the college announced.
The exhibit, scheduled to run in 2024 from June 18 through Dec. 15, is titled “Enrique Bostelmann: Apertures and Borderscapes.” It acknowledges the work of Bostelmann (1939-2003), whose photographs “explored social issues, experimental forms, and conceptual approaches,” it added.
The grant, presented by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, includes funding for the exhibit and additional unrestricted money for general operating support. The Pew Center supports cultural events and artistic work intended to “enliven and enrich the Philadelphia region.” So far this year it has presented 40 awards valued at a total of about $9 million.
“The funds provided through this grant will go a long way in helping us create more visibility around Bostelmann’s work, strengthen relationships with community partners and organizations, and build the museum’s reputation as a place for groundbreaking exhibitions and original research,” Berman Executive Director Lauren McCardel said.
Bostelmann fused modernist formal elegance, social documentary, conceptualism, and humor with experimental vision, according to the museum. His photo book of America, published in 1970, is described as “a groundbreaking portrayal of protest at a time of political upheaval.”
The exhibit intends “to unite diverse works by the artist, newly recorded interviews with his family members and artistic collaborators, and commentary from art historians and curators. The material will be used to create a bilingual documentary film, and will be transcribed and include in a bilingual publication accompanying the exhibition.
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